Tags: fixing the economists

Chasing Utopia: Solow Versus Harrod-Domar

June 24th, 2017
in history, macroeconomics

I’m currently reading Robert Solow’s paper A Contribution to the Theory of Economic Growth in which he lays out his famous Solow growth model. more »

The Interaction of Economists and Money Cranks in the Depression Years

Yesterday I ran a post that briefly delved into the connection between Keynes and the money cranks of the 1920s and 1930s. There I showed that Keynes’ ideas cannot be said to have been influenced in any substantial way by the money cranks. more »

The Yield Curve and Recessions: Against U.S. - Centricism

June 10th, 2017
in history, macroeconomics

One of the nicest stylised facts in applied economics is that if the Fed inverts the yield curve it will cause a recession. Inverting the yield curve basically means that the Fed hikes the short-term interest rate goes higher than the long-term interest rate. more »

The Concept of Time Preference is Completely at Odds With Reality

June 2nd, 2017
in history, macroeconomics

A conversation that I was having yesterday reminded me of a rather funny point in economic theory. When we consider the value of a financial asset we take into two components: that is, it’s price and it’s income stream. It’s price is a sort of stock variable while it’s income stream is a flow variable. more »

What Constitutes a Money Crank?

I’ve been asking myself that question rather a lot in the past two weeks. This is because I have had two separate commissions for pieces of writing that require me jump down the rabbit hole into the land of the money cranks. One piece is for a magazine and is about gold bugs and their ilk more »




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